Reconnect with nature and learn something new in the Kumsheen Rafting Resort’s ultimate two-day adventure combo pack

Photos courtesy of Kumsheen Rafting Resort

Kumsheen Rafting Resort kicks off 2012 summer season with top-notch desert getaway in Lytton, BC

Riding the wave of another successful season, BC's top whitewater rafting venue Kumsheen Resort is reviving an old venture for the launch of its 2012 summer season with the action-packed Birding and Naturalist Outing, part of its Special Interest Trips, on July 1 to 3, 2012, in Lytton, BC.

In large, pontoon platform rafts (fit for all ages), trip leader Jim Ginns, who has led natural history trips for Meadowlark Festival, Native Plant Society of BC and South Okanagan Naturalists’ Club, will take guests on a fascinating 80-kilometre river ride on the Thompson River, from Ashcroft to Lytton.

Journey through 40 sets of the river’s legendary whitewater rapids then have lunch in the heart of the 150-million-year-old Black Canyon and discover first-hand what natural wonders thrive along the Thompson River corridor––from brilliant birds to funny-looking reptiles and other critters to desert plants––on this trip focused on geology, gold panning and history.

"We don't want to have just straight adrenalin. We want to learn something, we want to discover new things and that's where the natural history comes in," said Bernie Fandrich, founder of Kumsheen Rafting Resort, who, as a former Langara College instructor, first brought his students to the area in the 70s for a unique river experience with the natural tie-in.

"I've been down that section of river hundreds of times, even more, but when I went down with the leaders of these trips in May (this year), it was one of my most enjoyable trips ever because we were totally in tune with our environment. We spotted 47 species of birds on the first day, which is amazing."

During the breathtaking river run, guests will also get to learn about the wide array of different desert plants, such as sagebrush, prickly pear cactus, wild asparagus and Ponderosa pines, along the river. “This is a semi arid area, so the plants here get lots of sunshine and very little rain. There's a unique variety of plants here,” said Fandrich.

As part of the itinerary, tourists are going to pan for gold, step ashore to try and spot an American Dipper and other spectacular birds and catch a glimpse of the famous bighorn sheep near a huge talus slope. It’s a unique tour opportunity to see the areas that are almost inaccessible otherwise. “There are lots of landslides, especially between Ashcroft and Spences Bridge, with a major slide right at Spences Bridge,” said Fandrich.

So, what are you waiting for? Clean your binoculars and whistle your favourite bird call for an unforgettable summer adventure.

The $557 all-inclusive package cost includes meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner), two days of power rafting with expert instruction and double (single, triple and quad occupancy also available – ask for pricing) occupancy. As a bonus, visitors who bring their RVs save $106. Find the detailed itinerary at

View the slideshow of the Birding and Naturalist Trip in May here: play/iYRZ8fAx4isGQBC4ErXO1w

Twitter: @kumsheenrafting

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July 1-3, 2012

Where: Kumsheen Rafting Resort, 255 km (160 mi) northeast of Vancouver on the Trans-Canada Highway, 5 km from the little village of Lytton in the northern end of the Fraser Canyon.

What: Birding and Naturalist Trip

About Kumsheen Rafting Resort

Kumsheen Rafting Resort is Western Canada’s premier rafting company, located in the heart of the Fraser Canyon near Lytton, BC. The upscale adventure resort is known across Canada and around the world for its friendliness, professionalism, and its flawless safety record. Since 1973, Kumsheen has taken 250,000 people for the ride of their lives and brought them all back, wet, and safe.

Rafting pioneer Bernie Fandrich began the first whitewater rafting business on the Thompson River in 1973. The Fandrich family continues to own and manage the operation. They work with an awesome team to ensure that every guest leaves with a smile and with a desire to return again. Bernie shares some of his own river stories in his recently released ebook at

About Special Interest Trips

Under the tutelage of experts, Kumsheen Rafting Resort’s Special Interest Rafting Trips combine the excitement of a river adventure with the discovery or enhancement of a talent, hobby or interest.

Find out more at

For any other inquiries or to register, please contact:

Elice: [email protected] or 1 800 663 6667
Braden: [email protected]

Bernie: [email protected]

Telephone: 250 455 2296
Fax: 250 455 2297
Reservations: 1 800 663 6667
Email: [email protected]



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